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Dragons Confirm Departures

16/05/2020

Dragons Rugby have confirmed the players who will be leaving the region.

Centre Tyler Morgan and fly half Jacob Botica will depart when their contracts expire alongisde back row/lock Cory Hill, was also announced as leaving in April.

Long-serving flanker Nic Cudd, hooker Rhys Lawrence and back row James Sheekey will also leave at the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.

Dragons Academy squad members Dafydd Buckland, Will Griffiths, Tom Hoppe and James McCarthy will also departt the region.

Dean Ryan, Director of Dragons Rugby, said: “We thank all the players for their hard work and professionalism during their time at the region.

“All the players leave with our very best wishes for their future ambitions in rugby or away from the game.”

Away from the playing squad, the region has also confirmed that Forwards Coach Ceri Jones will leave at the end of the season.

“Everyone at Dragons is grateful to Ceri for his efforts during his time at the region and we all wish him the best in the next chapter of his coaching career,” added Ryan.

Newport-born Morgan, 24, leaves after seven seasons in the Dragons first team after progressing through the region's age grade teams and academy. Morgan played 89 times for Dragons and won his first Wales cap in August 2015 before earning further international honours at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Combative flanker Cudd, 31, became a real fans favourite with his all-action and dynamic style following his move to Dragons in 2012. With over 130 appearances Carmarthen-born Cudd has been on a long road through rehabilitation after injuring his ACL. His last appearance for Dragons was in January 2019 and despite turning out for Ebbw Vale last month in March. he was unable to add to his Dragons appearance tally with the Coronavirus outbreaking curtailing the current fixture schedule.

Lawrence, 31, returned to Wales to join Dragons from Ealing Trailfinders in 2018 The hooker played 16 times for the Dragons across two seasons as well as featuring for the Dragons Celtic Cup side at the start of the current campaign.

Back row Sheekey, 25, will also be departing after making seven appearances for Dragons after battling to overcome injury for the last two years. The former Wales Under-20 international made his debut for Dragons against Munster in November 2017 having previously played for Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC.

Twenty-seven-year-old fly half Botica, the son of former New Zealand dual-code international Frano, has played ten times for Dragons including two starts, making his debut against Munster this season.

We thank all the players for their hard work and professionalism during their time at the region...
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